This week’s Top 25 polls brought college basketball one of its biggest shakeups in recent memory, and it’s time for our Player of the Year rankings to get a shakeup of their own. Raw statistics are well and good, but contributing to a winner—a new focus of these rankings—means an awful lot, too.
One player who’s done that in spades is Miami point guard Shane Larkin. Largely unknown to start the season, the sophomore standout is making plays on both ends of the floor for the highest-ranked Hurricanes team ever.
Read on for more on Larkin and the rest of the 20 top candidates to hoist the Naismith hardware by the end of the year.
Note: this article has been drastically modified from its original published version, so many comments below may reflect the previous rankings.